Article 43

 

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Cellunoid Heroes

Almost three years ago - while going through the pain of loosing my career at AT&T a second time, in the middle of accellerated union-busting and OUTSOURCING to cheap labor - I wrote THIS ARTICLE:

After getting layoff notice two months ago, I watched some of AT&T’s most experienced, long-time, best and brighest performers get pink slips, friends of management get whatever jobs are left by what may be manipulation of job descriptions, and played a cruel psychological head game of false hope by applying for internal jobs that employees may never have had a chance for.

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AT&T policymakers,

Four union techs in my (GCA) city submitted for voluntary early retirement (voluntary termination) in October 2004 - but AT&T only allowed one to leave.  At the same time OTHERS with equal or better skill sets in the same area were layed off.  Why not work something out to everyones mutual advantage?

The number of people kept/let go in my department resulted so that techs doing tech jobs got layed off, and managers doing manager jobs didnҒt - then took over the jobs of the layed off (many CWA reresented union) techs.

It may seem a disproportionate number of folks who stayed, live and work geographically near the district manager, even if they were demoted to keep a job.

To get severance pay, we had to sign a release (under duress) that we’d never sue AT&T (for things like age discrimination.) What kind of policy is this called?

Is it a corporate policy - written or unwritten - to advertise jobs on the internal employee job net, close the job ads as filled without hiring anyone, then find identical job ads posted on the public internet without even giving those that applied internally a fair shot at them?

Even though I hold a government security clearance, worked on FTS projects, and got a vice president award for one - I WASN’T EVEN OFFERED AN INTERVIEW for any of the four Government Solutions jobs during the 60 days between layoff notification and off payroll date.  Don’t people like us get preferential treatment in order to try to stay with the company? Why do you tell us that? Why aren’t internal applicants afforded an interview? 

How do your layoff policies really work?

Since then, I’ve kept in contact with my old boss from TCG - a great guy - today an AT&T policy maker.

Last year I brough up the plight of the ARTICLE 43 VICTIMS, and asked for his help bringing to light an awareness of the ISSUE to the big-shots at AT&T, hopefully giving us a chance to be rehired like some of the CWA folks.

When he asks about my job (fourth in three years) and finances, I tell him, then ask how AT&T’s doing with their outsourcing and hiring of DISPOSABLE DAY LABORERS.

What does he say?

“I wish there was something I can do for you.”

That attitude of indifference WASN’T ENTIRELY UNEXPECTED, but I sure hoped for more.

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Cellunoid Heroes

Everybody’s a dreamer and everybody’s a star
And everybody’s in movies, it doesn’t matter who you are
There are stars in every city
In every house and on every street
And if you walk down Hollywood Boulevard
Their names are written in concrete

Don’t step on Greta Garbo as you walk down the Boulevard
She looks so weak and fragile that’s why she tried to be so hard
But they turned her into a princess
And they sat her on a throne
But she turned her back on stardom
Because she wanted to be alone

You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard
Some that you recognize, some that you’ve hardly even heard of
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain

Rudolph Valentino looks very much alive
And he looks up ladies dresses as they sadly pass him by
Avoid stepping on Bela Lugosi
‘Cause he’s liable to turn and bite
But stand close by Bette Davis
Because hers was such a lonely life

If you covered him with garbage
George Sanders would still have style
And if you stamped on Mickey Rooney
He would still turn round and smile
But please don’t tread on dearest Marilyn
‘Cause she’s not very tough
She should have been made of iron or steel
But she was only made of flesh and blood

You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard
Some that you recognize, some that you’ve hardly even heard of
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain

Everybody’s a dreamer and everybody’s a star
And everybody’s in show biz, it doesn’t matter who you are
And those who are successful
Be always on your guard
Success walks hand in hand with failure
Along Hollywood Boulevard

I wish my life was non-stop Hollywood movie show
A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes
Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain
And celluloid heroes never really die

You can see all the stars as you walk along…
You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard
Some that you recognize, some that you’ve hardly even heard of
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain

La la la la....

Oh, celluloid heroes never feel any pain
Oh, celluloid heroes never really die
I wish my life was non-stop Hollywood movie show
A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes
Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain
And celluloid heroes never really die

- Cellunoid Heroes, The Kinks

Posted by Elvis on 05/27/07 •
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